Metrolinx Welcomes Smart Commute



    Award-winning Commuting Program to Join Regional Transportation Authority

    TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - The Smart Commute program, known for its online
carpooling website and other commuter services, will join Metrolinx on
January 1, 2008.
    "Smart Commute is a natural fit," said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx.
"Working with local employers to improve commuter options like carpooling and
transit is just one of the ways that Metrolinx and Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA) municipalities will help make our region's transportation
system greener and more sustainable."
    Smart Commute, which works with companies to help make it easier for
employees to get to work, runs commuter services like the Carpool Zone. Local
Smart Commute offices operate in each of Hamilton, Halton, Mississauga,
Brampton-Caledon, Northeast Toronto, North Toronto and Vaughan, Markham and
Richmond Hill (404-7), Newmarket and Aurora (Central York), and Durham.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to have funded the successful
start-up of Smart Commute," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Smart Commute keeps commuter
vehicles off roadways, helps in the reduction of air pollution and greenhouse
gases, and protects the health of Canadians and the environment. I
congratulate Metrolinx for partnering with local municipalities to continue
the program and integrate it with the broader transportation system." Today's
announcement was made by the federal Minister at the Toronto Board of Trade
breakfast meeting.
    Smart Commute has helped commuters reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
by more than 17,400 tonnes since 2004 - enough to fill the Rogers Centre
almost six times. Nearly 1.3 million trips by lone drivers were saved through
Smart Commute, resulting in 10,000 fewer cars on local roads and highways
every day. Smart Commute 404-7 was recently honoured with the 2007 Sustainable
Urban Transportation Award from the Transportation Association of Canada.
    More than 50 employers with 150,000 employees have signed on to the Smart
Commute program including IBM Canada, DuPont Canada, ING Direct Canada,
Enbridge Gas Distribution, Hamilton Health Sciences and the Canadian
Automobile Association. Members of the public can also access services like
the Carpool Zone at www.smartcommute.ca as well as through the new Metrolinx
web portal at www.metrolinx.com.

    Metrolinx was created by the Government of Ontario to provide seamless,
coordinated transportation links throughout the metropolitan region
encompassing all of the City of Toronto, the four surrounding regional
municipalities (Durham, Halton, Peel and York), and the City of Hamilton.
Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario, operating within the
legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act,
2006 and the provincial Growth Plan.

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For further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the
Metrolinx Chair, (416) 874-5902; Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate of Public
Affairs and Media, (416) 874-5923

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